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Hand outpitches Lincecum and Marlins beat SF 3-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm •  Published: July 20, 2014
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MIAMI (AP) — Brad Hand earned his first victory as a starter since 2011 when he outpitched Tim Lincecum by a margin of one curveball.

Lincecum bounced a curve for a wild pitch that scored a runner from third in the seventh inning, putting the Miami Marlins ahead to stay Sunday as they snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the San Francisco Giants 3-2.

"It's a very tough way to lose a ballgame," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Timmy threw great."

NL hits leader Casey McGehee homered for the second time this season to help Miami avert a three-game series sweep.

Hand (1-2) gave the Marlins' shaky rotation a welcome boost by pitching seven innings to match a career high, and he allowed two runs. The left-hander had been 1-12 previously as a starter.

"He got a little squirrelly a couple of times but was able to get it back," manager Mike Redmond said. "That's what we're looking for. It's all about consistency. We want this guy to be in our rotation. We feel he has the stuff. It comes down to him going out and doing it."

Hand allowed six hits and one walk. He has a 3.22 ERA in four starts since rejoining the rotation.

"I was just trying to go out there and get deep into the game," he said. "I'll try to build on this one and go out there in five days and do it again."

Steve Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 24 chances.

Lincecum (9-6) allowed three runs in seven innings, ending his streak of wins in four consecutive starts.

With the score 2-all, Adeiny Hechavarria doubled to start Miami's seventh, took third on a sacrifice and came home when Lincecum misfired a curve to Reid Johnson, and the ball caromed away from catcher Hector Sanchez.

"I was just trying to get him to chase and be aggressive in that situation," Lincecum said. "I didn't do that, and the ball squirted away."

McGehee came in with 118 hits and 54 RBIs, but the two-run homer in the first inning was his first since May 10.

"It's a little weird," the Marlins' cleanup hitter said. "I would have thought maybe I would have run into a couple more. But it doesn't bother me too much, and until the guys give me a hard time about it, I don't really think about it."

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